'''Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers''' (16 March 1866 – 21 January 1954) was an English people|English
literary critic and Shakespeare
an scholar. His four-volume history of Elizabethan theater, published in 1923, remains a standard resource for scholars of the period's drama.
Chambers was born in West Ilsley
; his father was a curate
and his mother was the daughter of a Victorian era|Victorian
theologian. He was educated at Marlborough College
before matriculating at Corpus Christi College, Oxford
. He won a number of prizes, including the chancellor's prize in English for an essay on literary forgery
. He took a job with the national education department and married Eleanor Bowman in 1893.
In the newly created Board of Education, Chambers worked principally to oversee adult and continuing education. He rose to second secretary, but the work for which he is remembered took place outside the office,...